As the saying goes…
“There really is nothing new under the sun.”
Most of the time, and especially in the personal development industry, the same old/same old concepts are re-hashed over and over again but with a new marketing twist to get it out there to a wider audience.
Take the movie ‘The Secret’ for example…
In 2006, the DVD took the marketing world by storm with over 4 million copies sold. The premise of ‘The Secret’ isn’t a new concept at all because it was a clever way to teach people about The Law of Attraction which has been around for donkey’s years.
It illustrates a really powerful point that is important to explore if we ‘think' or assume that nothing is new…
We are always changing.
Take for instance, when you read a book on self help or spirituality and the concepts don’t really sink in or resonate with you. The book could sit on your bookshelf for ten or so years and then you pick it up and the book and concepts finally make sense. This is why it doesn’t matter at all that ‘nothing is new under the sun’.
What this means is that as we change, the information that we need in order for our souls to grow all of a sudden starts to hit home and become relevant. It brings with it beautiful newness.
So just because you think you might have already heard of something before or been familiar with a certain concept… doesn’t mean that you fully understand it.
As humans we are constantly evolving and our conscious awareness levels are expanding. If you think you’ve seen it all and know it all, you actually know…well… fuck all (and I mean this in the kindest way possible).
I’ve experienced this recently with the book A Course in Miracles. I remember picking up a copy back in 1999 and flipping through the pages (dismissing it because I thought I'd seen it all before) and wondering what the hell it was about. Now, nearly 17 years later, the concepts make sense because I have changed and life has filled me in on the details required to take the text to a new and deeper level of understanding.
So next time you think that you’ve ‘seen it all before’ – stop and ask yourself if that’s really true.
This gives you the gift of being able to see the world with a new sense of wonder, kind of like a child sees things… so you can learn more and then ultimately teach more. And that’s a really beautiful space to occupy if you ask me. xo